So this reading week was a bit uneven, between the rush of the bout of books read-a-thon and picking up a new fantasy novel and then the end of summer rush of parties and festivals.
The Unseen World by Liz Moore (audiobook, Audible): This was a great read. The narrator was excellent, picking up and slipping into different accents with ease. In this novel, a young girl lives in a small world, between being home schooled with her genius father and working side by side with him at his lab at a Boston university. Once her father falls ill however, her world mergers with the larger one and with it, her identity is shaken. A lovely exploration of identity and the lure of AI, this is a great novel to read (or listen to) slowly and think about how different life was just a few years ago for so many of us.
Infomocracy by Malka Older (hardcover): In the future, the world has mostly converted into micro-democracies, with a background of the super fast and detailed Information Corporation. In this future, anything you ever want to know about anything, appears on your handheld. In this future, people can directly tie their political beliefs to the neighborhood they live and work in – if you care about the environment, you can vote for and live under a party that recycles everything and bans cars. As great as that may sound to many people, the threats of a political coup to overthrow this balance of the personal and political looms. I really enjoyed this fast paced, political thriller even though that is NOT my usual taste. This was actually a hopeful read for me, even with dark currents, because it shows how important it can be to stand for something and have integrity.
The Hour of Daydreams by Rene M Rutledge (galley from Netgalley, Kindle)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (paperback)
Book Count: 78/52